Category Archives: U.S. Policy and Funding

Leaders, advocates, researchers, clinicians call for universal immediate HIV treatment access

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A commentary published online today in The Lancet co-authored by leaders of global funding agencies and organizations as well as leading researchers, clinicians, and civil society workers responding to HIV globally calls for immediate access to antiretroviral treatment for all people infected with HIV, without rationing based on geographic location or advanced state of illness. […]

Global Fund “equitable access initiative” doesn’t answer concerns first raised by tiered pricing task force plan

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Plan to address access to drugs and other health commodities should be led by countries, civil society, advocates say “ As part of our move to better accommodate and adjust our business model according to the different stages of the development continuum, we have developed a new multi-agency initiative to help expand access to essential health […]

Nigeria Same Sex Marriage Prohibition law raises questions of donor response

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When, in early January, Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act into law, the legislation had been a subject of concern among global health and human rights actors for more than eight years. Now, however, consideration of how foreign donors financing HIV-fighting efforts in Nigeria willl respond seems to be just […]

Global Fund tiered pricing panel for ARVs, other health commodities raises questions

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Zambia didn’t look much different the day after the World Bank changed its status from low-income to middle-income than it did the day before, Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul noted in his keynote address to a Georgetown University gathering in December. Dybul, who was discussing the shift in development aid “from paternalism to partnership,” […]

The Year in Global Health: Top 10 stories in HIV, TB around the world

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HIV, TB research, funding, policy developments, setbacks of 2013 lay out promises and challenges for 2014 The PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act – In a year when Congress couldn’t even keep the Panda-cam on, expectations for the future of the legislation that launched PEPFAR and that was set to expire this year were low. The […]

Global Fund Replenishment “window of opportunity” to beat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria: Half open or half shut?

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“You have brief windows in history,” Global Fund Executive Director Ambassador Mark Dybul said Wednesday. He was referring to a now familiar argument he has made to support a request, that when he puts it this way, sounds modest: “Fifteen billion dollars to control three horrible pandemics.” The window Dybul is talking about is the […]

Murdered gay rights/HIV advocate and journalist documented deadly conditions

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At the end of a Senate briefing last week offering updates on science’s strides against HIV and AIDS worldwide, Dr. Chris Beyrer of John Hopkins University, and president-elect of the International AIDS Society offered a sobering counterpoint to the news of encouraging advances. “We’re not really there yet, for a group of people who are […]

Former PEPFAR head Mark Dybul to lead Global Fund

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The physician who helped create and then led the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief will be the new executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The Global Fund announced the appointment today, shortly after announcing the firing of Global Fund Inspector General John Parsons. Dybul will lead an institution […]